Hart in March 2014
July 6, 1979|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, black humor, surreal humor, satire, self-deprecation|
|Subject(s)||African-American culture, American politics, current events, everyday life, human sexuality, marriage, parenting, pop culture, race relations, racism, self-deprecation|
Torrei Hart (m. 2003; div. 2011)|
Eniko Parrish (m. 2016)
Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005) and Little Fockers (2010).
Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man (2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014), About Last Night (2014) and Get Hard (2015). He also released four more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010, Laugh at My Pain in 2011, Let Me Explain in 2013, and What Now? in 2016. In 2015, Time Magazine named Hart one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. He currently stars as himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his single mother, Nancy Hart, and has one brother, Robert. His father, Henry Witherspoon, a cocaine addict, was in and out of jail throughout most of Kevin's childhood, and Kevin used humor as way to cope with his troubled family life.
After graduating from high school, Hart briefly attended the Community College of Philadelphia and moved to New York City. He then moved to Brockton, Massachusetts, and found work as a shoe salesman. He began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy after performing at an amateur night at a club in Philadelphia.
Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well. His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him. After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.
It took time for Hart to develop a unique comedic style. After an early period of attempting to imitate comedians like Chris Tucker, he found his own rhythm by delving into his insecurities and life experiences. "Because of what I do, it has to be an open book," he has said. "But right now this is a book that is being written."
Hart's comedy tours began in 2009 with his act titled "I'm a Grown Little Man," followed by "Seriously Funny" in 2010, "Laugh at My Pain" in 2011, and most recently, his TV special titled "Let Me Explain" in 2013. Hart grossed over $15 million from "Laugh at My Pain", making it one of the year's top-selling comedy tours. Hart also has a game available through iTunes called "Little Jumpman." His Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel are all connected to and accessible through this app. Most overseas fans of Hart discovered him on YouTube, as well.
Film and television roles
Hart came to prominence from his guest appearance in Undeclared. He made his film debut in the film Paper Soldiers. Hart then came to prominence from his other films such as the Scary Movie franchise, Soul Plane, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Death at a Funeral, and Little Fockers.
He played Doug in the film The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and appeared in Think Like a Man which was a box office success. He also appeared in the sequel. He had a cameo as himself in This Is the End. In 2013, Hart played a boxing promoter in Grudge Match and appeared in Exit Strategy as Mannequin Head Man. He also appeared in 35 and Ticking.
In 2014, Hart starred as Ben in Ride Along, opposite Ice Cube. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, but was a major box office success. Hart returned in the sequel, Ride Along 2, which was released on January 15, 2016.
In 2013, Hart co-created Real Husbands of Hollywood with Chris Spencer. The show follows Hart along with other married celebrities (each playing a comical fictionalized version of themselves) within the series including: Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon, and Robin Thicke. Thicke didn't return for the second season due to his music career, though Hart has stated that the door is open for Thicke to return. The series is intentionally filmed in a style similar to Bravo's The Real Housewives. Episodes often hinge on the "real" Kevin Hart's desperately unsuccessful attempts to climb Hollywood's celebrity social ladder (which always backfire in humiliating ways), and the character's barely-hidden jealousy of his more successful celebrity friends. A sneak peek was shown as a segment during the 2012 BET Awards and the official promo was released in October 2012. And in 2015 Hart starred in a film 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell. Also he starred in a film called the Wedding Ringer where he was one of the main characters.
In addition to acting, Hart has also hosted various ceremonies. Hart first hosted the 2011 BET Awards. Hart then hosted the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. His longtime friend Judd Apatow, the director who gave him his first big on-screen break in the TV series Undeclared, was the one who recommended him for the gig. Hart hopes that this will project him further into a side career as an emcee, stating, "Hopefully after MTV, of course we're talking Emmys, Oscars, whatever." He has hosted two episodes of Saturday Night Live. In 2015, Hart hosted the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. As of October 2016, Hart is in talks to portray Santa Claus in Dashing Through the Snow, a planned 2017 Disney Christmas-themed film.
As Chocolate Droppa, his alias, he signed to Motown Records and released Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa), the soundtrack to the film of the same name. He released the singles "Push It On Me" featuring Trey Songz and "Baller Alert" with Migos & T.I.
Kevin and Torrei Hart filed for divorce in February 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. Hart requested joint custody of their two children, daughter Heaven (11) and son Hendrix (8). The divorce was finalized in November 2011.
Hart's relationship with his father improved after the latter recovered from his addiction. Hart said, "My dad said I was supposed to be on drugs. I was like, 'Dad, shut up,' but then I thought about it, and it was stupid, but it made sense. He was saying that basically he was my example to never go down that road."
On August 18, 2014, Hart proposed to Eniko Parrish. They married on August 13, 2016 near Santa Barbara, California.
On April 14, 2013, Hart was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker truck on a Southern California freeway. Hart failed a field sobriety test and was booked for misdemeanor DUI. On August 5, 2013, Hart was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.
|2003||Scary Movie 3||CJ|
|Death of a Dynasty||P-Diddy / Cop 1 / Dance Coach / Hyper Rapper / H. Lector|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Vic|
|Soul Plane||Nashawn Wade|
|2005||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Smart Tech Customer|
|In The Mix||Busta|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||CJ|
|The Last Stand||F Stop/G Spot|
|2008||Fool's Gold||Bigg Bunny|
|Meet Dave||Number 17|
|Drillbit Taylor||Pawn Shop Dealer|
|2009||Not Easily Broken||Tree|
|Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man||Himself||Stand-up film|
|2010||Something Like a Business||JoJo|
|Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny||Himself||Stand-up film|
|Death at a Funeral||Brian|
|Little Fockers||Nurse Louis|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Cleavon|
|Let Go||Kris Styles|
|Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain||Himself||Stand-up film|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Doug|
|Think Like a Man||Cedric|
|Exit Strategy||Mannequin Head Man|
|2013||This Is the End||Kevin Hart|
|Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain||Himself||Stand-up film|
|Grudge Match||Dante Slate, Jr.|
|2014||Ride Along||Ben Barber|
|About Last Night||Bernie|
|Think Like a Man Too||Cedric|
|School Dance||OG Pretty Lil' Thug||Uncredited role|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Jimmy Callahan/Bic Mitchum|
|Get Hard||Darnell Lewis|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Ben Barber|
|Central Intelligence||Calvin Joyner|
|The Secret Life of Pets||Snowball (voice)|
|Kevin Hart: What Now?||Himself||Stand-up film|
|2017||Captain Underpants||George Beard (voice)||Pre-Production|
|TBA||Untitled The Intouchables remake||Driss||Announced|
|2002–2004||Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn||Himself||8 episodes|
|2004||The Big House||Kevin||5 episodes|
|Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2005||Barbershop||James Ricky||3 episodes|
|2005–2006||Jake In Progress||Nugget Dawson||2 episodes|
|2006||Love, Inc.||James||2 episodes|
|Help Me Help You||Kevin||Episode: "Raging Bill"|
|2007||All of Us||Greg||Episode: "The B-R-E-A-K-U-P"|
|Wild 'n Out||Various||21 episodes|
|2009||Party Down||Dro Grizzle||Episode: "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen"|
|Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire||Zezelryck||6 episodes|
|Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2010||Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny||Himself||Stand-up special|
|Cubed||Security Guard||Episode: "2.10"|
|2011–2012||Modern Family||Andre||2 episodes|
|2011||BET Awards 2011||Host||TV special|
|2012||Workaholics||Kevin||Episode: "To Kill a Chupacabraj"|
|2012 MTV Video Music Awards||Host||TV special|
|2013–present||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||Also co-creator, writer, executive producer|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Himself||Episode: "The Arrival"|
|2013–2015||Saturday Night Live||Host||2 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber||Host||TV special|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Kevin Hart vs Olivia Munn|
|Top Gear||Himself||1 episode|
|Blue Peter||Himself||1 episode|
|2004||"Lean Back"||Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Remy Ma||Himself|
|2011||"Booty Wurk (One Cheek at a Time)"||T-Pain||Himself|
- What Now? (2016)
Awards and nominations
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- Lacey Rose (October 7, 2013). "Kevin Hart Comedy Snapped Up by ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (July 11, 2012). "'Ride Along' Detours To Universal As Kevin Hart And Ice Cube Vehicle". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- "Ride Along". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
- "Weekend Box Office Results for January 17-20, 2014". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (April 23, 2013). "Sequels On Tap For 'The Heat' And 'Ride Along'". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Kroll, Justin (March 13, 2014). "'Ride Along 2' to Bow on Martin Luther King Weekend 2016". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- "Kevin Hart Explains Why Robin Thicke Left 'Real Husbands'". BlackAmericaWeb.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015. (Archive link requires scrolldown.)
- Berkshire, Geoff. "BET's 'Real Husbands of Hollywood' with Nick Cannon, 'Second Generation Wayans' get January premieres". zap2it. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Bark, Theo (June 8, 2011). "Patti LaBelle to Receive BET's Lifetime Achievement Award". TheBoombox.com (AOL). Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Montgomery, James (15 May 2012). "2012 Video Music Awards To Take Over Staples Center Show will air live from Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.". MTV News. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- Weiner, Jonah (May 31, 2012). "VMA 2012 Host Kevin Hart Is Judd Apatow's Favorite Vertically Challenged Comic". Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone's Big Issue). Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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- Kondolojy, Amanda (January 18, 2015). "'Saturday Night Live' With Host Kevin Hart and Musical Guest Sia Flat With Last Original". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Zumberge, Marianne (March 5, 2015). "Comedy Central's Justin Bieber Roasters to Include Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- Kit, Borys (October 26, 2016). "Kevin Hart in Talks to Play Santa Claus in Disney's 'Dashing Through the Snow' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Coggan, Devan (October 26, 2016). "Kevin Hart to play Santa in Disney comedy Dashing Through the Snow". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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- "Kevin Hart Divorce: Talks Split On 'The Rosie Show'". HuffingtonPost.com. January 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Sangweni, Yolanda (February 3, 2014). "Photo Fab: Kevin Hart Takes Daughter to First Father-Daughter Dance". Essence. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- "Kevin Hart: I'm Divorced, And Still Rich!". TMZ.com. March 22, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
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- "Kevin Hart Engaged to Eniko Parrish – Watch the Sweet Proposal". People. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- Fisher, Kendall; Kitnick, Sara (August 15, 2016). "Kevin Hart Marries Eniko Parrish: Get the Details About Their Big Day". E! News. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Drunken driving arrest a 'wake-up' call, comedian Kevin Hart says", CNN, April 15, 2013.
- "Comedian Kevin Hart Pleads No Contest To DUI". CBS Los Angeles. August 5, 2013.
- Molly Eichel. "Kevin Hart wows a crowded Lincoln Financial Field". Philly.com. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
- "Blue Peter - what time is it on TV? Episode 4915 Series 0 cast list and preview.". Retrieved September 8, 2016.
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